Last week we have explored the most influential buildings of 2019 from January to June in retrospect. Today in part two, let’s unveil the other 6 buildings from July to December, so as to see what inspired or touched us in this past year.
JULY | Garden Hotpot Restaurant
Speaking of Chengdu, what do you think of? Yes, hotpot is the one you will never ignore. Chengdu’s leisurely and warm temperament makes it a tourism magnet in Southwest China. And hotpot, as part of the local cultural characteristics, has become synonymous with Chengdu, which is not only a food culture but also a leisure lifestyle.
This project integrates hotpot culture with natural ecological environment, creating a restaurant that respects the original ecology and in line with modern consumption style.
AUGUST | Opus
Dubai is a legendary city that never lacks fantastic creativity. Here comes the Opus, an eight-story building with free-formed fluidity
The Opus is designed as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole— taking the form of a cube. The cube is then ‘carved’, creating a central void that is an important volume within the building in its own right—providing views to the exterior from the center of the building.
SEPTEMBER | The Twist Museum
Lying in the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Norway, the Twist is a hybrid of museum, a bridge, and a sculpture. This contemporary art institution doubles as infrastructure to connect two forested riverbanks, completing the cultural route through northern Europe’s largest sculpture park.
The Twist is conceived as a beam warped 90 degrees near the middle to create a sculptural form as it spans the Randselva. A simple twist in the building’s volume allows the bridge to lift from the lower, forested riverbank in the south up to the hillside area in the north.
OCTOBER | Friendship Hospital Satkhira
The hospital is situated in a predominantly rural area of Bangladesh, where had been heavily affected by a major cyclone just a few years ago. In this natural, nature-ravaged landscape, thinly marked with low-rise structures and thatched houses, a local philanthropist donated land for Friendship to build an eighty-bed hospital.
NOVEMBER | The Red Roof
This Vietnam house is meant for a married couple over 50 who has been living in this rural area since they were born. As urbanization is happening in this village and changing the way people live, the couple hopes to embrace the traditional cultural lifestyle within their new house. According to it, the project adapts the new architecture based on the familiar rural lifestyle.
DECEMBER | House in the Landscape
It’s hard to imagine there used to be an inexpressive environment in this landscape. The organic architecture project integrates the building into an artificially created landscape. This is a dialogue with the natural order context. The project is created taking into account the living moving space for human life as a creation and a component of this nature.